Julia and Bryce Flaherty are the owners and operators of Olathea Creek Vineyard & Winery. They were both born and raised in the Quad Cities and graduated from Bettendorf High School. Bryce earned his bachelor’s degree in business and biology from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD. Julia attended the University of Iowa and earned her BBA in economics and marketing, and then later her MBA.
Their love of wine started with a simple gift. Julia received a winemaking starter kit for Christmas and has not looked back since. She liked experimenting with different grapes, fruits, and flowers to create unique and delicious wines. She enjoyed being able to share the wines she had created with her family and friends. Along with gaining experience winemaking at home, Julia and Bryce continued their education by taking wine production and vineyard management classes. After winemaking for about five years, they thought it would be fun to turn their hobby into a family business. They will tell you, “We didn’t quite know what we were getting into at the time, but we are loving this new adventure and the opportunity to share what we love with the community”.
The name “Olathea Creek Vineyard & Winery” comes from the history of the land. The vineyard was once the campsite for the Sauk and Fox tribes. The term "olethe" in Fox means beautiful. Beautiful is the perfect adjective to describe the property. The property features a picturesque creek and provides a quiet, country setting along the majestic Mississippi River. The name also pays homage to the former Olathea Golf Course which operated on the site for 30 years.
With the help of their family and friends, Julia and Bryce hand planted the first 2 acres of their vineyard in May of 2019. There are currently two varieties of grapes planted in the vineyard. About 80% of the vines are Petite Pearl vines and 20% are L’Acadie Blanc vines. L’Acadie Blanc is a white wine grape with origins in Canada. This is a vine that is relatively new in the US. Petite Pearl is a red wine grape developed in Minnesota by viticulturist, Tom Plocher.
This vine is also relatively new, first offered commercially in 2010. Olathea Creek Vineyard and Winery is excited to be one of the few Iowa wineries to be making wine with both of these new varieties.
crafted with love
Olathea Creek Vineyard & Winery's first wine production started in the Fall of 2020. We are excited to share with you our love of local grapes and fruit. We have a variety of wines available ranging from dry to sweet. We are confident there will be something for everyone to enjoy.
WEDDINGS & RECEPTIONS
Looking for a unique and beautiful outdoor space for your wedding? Look no further. Olathea Creek Vineyard & Winery is the perfect place to host your outdoor wedding ceremony. We offer multiple location options on site such as a beautiful gazebo overlooking the vineyard, an arbor wedding in the vines, or under the chandelier on our white bridge. With space for an outdoor reception located near the tasting room, your party is sure to be a hit.
PRIVATE PARTIES & SMALL EVENTS
Our tasting room has a private area specifically to celebrate events with smaller guest sizes. It is the perfect place to host bridal showers, birthday parties, retirement parties, or any other special occasion.
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